Iran urges USA to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firing

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a ceremony marking the 18th anni

President Donald Trump said his national security adviser John Bolton would leave the United States administration, removing a hard-line architect of the ongoing pressure campaign against Iran.

"What is important now is to stay the course, stand up to Iran's aggression and continue ratcheting up the pressure until Iran abandons its nuclear ambitions once and for all", Dermer said Tuesday evening at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at the embassy. He helped lead the effort to apply more pressure on Iran, and frankly, his policies were working.

Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman, said after the meeting that Bolton's dismissal may help the USA have a "less biased" attitude toward Iran. But, ultimately, the president didn't follow through on Bolton's policies.

Iran has riposted by scaling back its nuclear commitments in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the deal, which gave it the promise of relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. He also reiterated that lifting US sanctions would bring Tehran back to the negotiating table with world powers, but the post to his official website detailing the call with Macron did not elaborate on what might be up for negotiation.

"As Iran's government, parliament and people see it, negotiating with the United States is meaningless as long as sanctions are in place", Rouhani told Macron, according to the government's website.

"So I am convinced, I have no doubts at all, that in any situation - with talks, without talks - President Trump and his administration will be very, very tough with Iran".

But while the two men shared a potent disdain of Obama's foreign policy, Bolton's appetite for military confrontation and regime change clashed repeatedly with the views of Trump, who announced his firing on Twitter.

Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank, described Bolton as an "impediment to diplomacy", but said his sacking would not be enough to ease tensions between Iran and the United States.

His comments came after the USA on Tuesday announced sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters", including Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Zarif has often said that a "B-team" that includes Bolton could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran. "Thirst for war -maximum pressure- should go with the warmonger-in-chief (Bolton)".

Trump is mulling easing sanctions on Iran as a way to increase the odds of a face-to-face meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Abadi told reporters that Tehran "interprets these undue pressure on the agency" and that any attempt to "put the agency under pressure would be counterproductive".

"Absolutely, Iran will make its own reactions to these pressures", he added, without specifying what they would be.

He made the remarks while addressing the session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held from September 9 to 13 in Vienna to discuss the IAEA's reports on "Monitoring and verification in Iran in the light of Security Council Resolution No. 2231 of 2015".

"Iran's commitments to the nuclear deal are proportional to other parties and we will take further steps if necessary", Rouhani said.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accused Iran of operating a previously undisclosed nuclear site aimed at developing nuclear weapons, and then destroying it after it was detected.

"From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the USA under sanctions is pointless", Rouhani said in a readout of a phone call with President Macron on Wednesday, according to Iranian press.

In response, Iran has in recent months crept past the limits the nuclear deal imposed on uranium enrichment and its uranium stockpile.

When asked whether the enrichment level could rise further, Abadi said: "At this stage, it is not a matter of consideration".

Asked how much uranium Iran meant to produce, Abadi said Iran would do so "to the extent that the country is in need".



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